Stoicism, by way of contrast, is primarily concerned with our having a good life what stoicism offers us is a philosophy of life or, as it is sometimes called, a philosophy for living. Unlike the god of judaism and christianity who is an eternal, almighty, all-knowing, loving, spiritual person, the stoic god was impersonal and hence incapable of knowledge, love, or providential acts the stoic fatalism is seen in their belief that everything that happens occurs by necessity. Neostoicism was a syncretic philosophical movement, founded by flemish humanist justus lipsius, that attempted to combine the beliefs of stoicism and christianity not to be confused with modern stoicism , a similar movement in the early 21st century. Ask a stoic: 03- can one be a christian and a stoic kevin patrick jr loading unsubscribe from kevin patrick jr cancel unsubscribe working subscribe subscribed unsubscribe 230. When the general outlook of neoplatonism was appropriated and adapted to refine and articulate the creeds of christianity, islam, and judaism, this feature of the doctrine, and the connected doctrine of the eternity of the world, would become a vigorously debated issue.
Stoicism and christianity have a very long and storied history together whether we look at the roman era, and early christians wanting to be seen as a rival philosophical school, or clearly stoic terminology in pauline ethics (specifically the book of romans. Religion - christianity and stoicism comparing christianity and stoicism essay - introduction over the course of human history every society, even the most culturally isolated of civilizations, has developed some form of faith-system for interpreting and understanding the spiritual and material worlds. The main similarity, and one of the ways stoicism anticipates christianity, is the concept of serving god neither philosophies state that god will do your will, but rather that you do god's will with full acceptance.
Stoicism was the immediate context within which early christianity flourished—the great alternative in terms of scope as a worldview, the status quo that the church rejected in radical ways to know the one is to better know the other. Stoic and christian conceptions of happiness dr david naugle introduction with reference to the western concept of courage, the theologian of culture paul tillich (1886-1965) once wrote that stoicism is the only real. Stoicism and christianity i have always found it remarkable that the philosophy known as stoicism that was developed before christ was born and that had its anticedents in greek culture could bear such a close affinity with christianity. Essay / theology christian stoicism (clement of alexandria) by fred sanders on march 22, 2015 people who worry about the hellenization, or greekifying, of christianity tend to worry about platonism. Ralph stob, “stoicism and christianity,” classical journal 30 (1934-1935): 217-224 the old testament also emphasized that god is immaterial jehovah is the “i am that i am” god connotes to the writer of the new testament a spiritual being.
I am christian (calvinist) stoic and rationalist (= naturalistic interpretation of bible), and i think that differences between christianity and stoicism, in general, are very small. How usefully do distinctly stoic ideas illuminate the meaning of first- and second-century christian texts this book suggests that early christians--the authors of new testament and noncanonical writings, including some early apologies--were often more influenced by stoicism than by middle platonism. A dramatic difference between christianity and stoicism is the difference between revelation and reason the distinguishing features of christianity come from a personal god demonstrating and telling things mankind could not figure out by their reason. Stoicism was the result of the successors of the cynics deciding to write down their views, and is more long-winded and apparently more intellectually sophisticated than its predecessor. Stoicism was one of the two principal schools of the hellenistic era (the other being epicureanism) originally founded by zeno in 4th-century-bc athens, stoicism later developed and changed into forms designated middle stoa and later stoa, also known as roman stoicism.
Highlighting the place of stoic teaching in early christian thought, an international roster of scholars challenges the prevailing view that platonism was the most important philosophical influence on early christianity. Stoicism dominated roman culture for centuries—and christianity went mainstream in the same culture what’s more, many of the leaders of the early christian church were former stoics. The late 16th and early 17th centuries saw efforts to form a systematic synthesis of christianity and stoicism the most important figure in the neo-stoic movement was justus lipsius (1547–1606) lipsius has his own separate entry in the stanford encyclopedia, so i will not discuss him further see also cooper (2004.
Tomorrow is the big event on stoicism for everyday life in london, at which mark vernon and i will be discussing the relationship between stoicism and christianity. Christianity has long held that our faith is a reasonable one from the recognition of god’s existence to the right use of our sexuality, human reason powerfully reaffirms our deepest convictions as catholics. Stoicism: stoicism is a school of ancient greco-roman philosophy that was founded by zeno of citium in the 3rd century bce. Both stoicism and christianity assert an inner freedom in the face of the external world, a belief in human kinship with nature or god, a sense of the innate depravity—or persistent evil—of humankind, and the futility and temporary nature of worldly possessions and attachments.